Making Time

- by Victoria Janssen

“I have to find time to write.”
Cover of Writer's Digest, August 1930

I don’t think that’s true. You don’t find time. You make time. You take it. You take it for yourself.

If you want to write, you have to choose time during which you will write.

You have to give things up in order to make time to write. If you don’t already have writing time in your schedule, then what activity is filling your schedule? Your dayjob? Childcare? Housecleaning? Doing things for other people? Socializing? Regardless, there’s a point where something has to give.

You can say it’s easy for me.  I don’t have any children, I don’t have a spouse who makes demands on my time. But, if I did have those people in my life, I would still need time for me. All of us need time for ourselves, to be ourselves. I am rarely more myself than when I’m writing. When that time is hard to locate, I get ruthless.

If I put off doing the laundry this week, will I still have enough clothes to wear to the day job? Will my friend forgive me if I can’t go out to dinner with her this weekend? Will the volunteer effort fail completely for lack of my presence?

I choose. When I need to write, I make time to write.

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